John Harvard (clergyman)


John Harvard
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Born(1607-11-29)29 November 1607 (baptised)[1]
Southwark, Surrey, England
Died(1638-09-14)14 September 1638 (aged 30)
Cause of deathTuberculosis
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge
OccupationPastor
Known forA founder of Harvard College
SpouseAnn Sadler
ChildrenNone
Signature
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John Harvard (1607–1638) was an English dissenting minister in Colonial America whose deathbed[2] bequest to the "schoale or colledge" founded two years earlier by the Massachusetts Bay Colony was so gratefully received that it was consequently ordered "that the Colledge agreed upon formerly to bee built at Cambridg shalbee called Harvard Colledge."[3] Harvard University considers him the most honored of its founders—those whose efforts and contributions in its early days "ensure[d] its permanence"—and a statue in his honor is a prominent feature of Harvard Yard.

  1. ^ Tedder, Henry Richard (1891). "Harvard, John" . In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 25. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 77–78.
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